NGene devices

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Introduction

In the spring of 2005, Micronas Semiconductors announced the APB 7202A nGene dual-channel PCI-Express multimedia controller with support for two DTV transport streams and analog video. The analog component is handled by a separate chip, as the nGene chip does not support analog decoding.

Supported Cards

There is currently no open source Linux driver for this controller chip.

However, Terratec has distributed a binary driver for their Cinergy 2400i DT card, which uses the Micronas nGene chip (see 10 January 2006 press release), at http://files-upload.com/308575/Cinergy2400iDT_Linux.zip.html. The code is dated April 2006; please post a report if you have tried it.

nGene Based Cards

PixelView PlayTV PCX600

This card, from Prolink Microsystems in Taiwan, was demonstrated already at CeBit 2005 as the first PCI Express dual channel multimedia controller; cf. press release. It uses the nGene controller.

They claimed at the time that their PV-A425E model would be available "soon", but two years later there is still no trace of it.


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